Government to Consider Total Ban of Plastic Bags
An extended ban on the use of plastic bags by shops and restaurants to hospitals in an effort to reduce further the use of the environmentally harmful products is being considered. The Ministry of Commerce is conducting research that seeks public opinion on continuing the ban.
Although there is no time table on when the ban will be continued, the National Development and Reform Commission is encouraging a total ban of the distribution and use of plastic bags. The department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection is also preparing to submit legislation to lawmakers that will ban the use of plastic bags.
Since 2008, all retailers, supermarkets, department and grocery stores were banned from using plastic bags. Factories were also banned from producing the ultra thin plastic bags that are considered a high risk pollutant. The ban was effective in reducing the use of plastic bags, but a survey by the International Food Packaging Association said that the ban was not enforced in wholesale markets. A lot of vendors are still using the thin plastic bags to pack their goods for their customers.